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CFOI Reports 96 Work-Related Deaths in 2016

Click here to read the CFOI report.

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Preparedness

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Outdoor work requires proper preparation, especially in severe winter weather conditions. Although OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in cold environments, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards, including winter weather related hazards, which are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to them (General Duty Clause). Employers should, therefore, train workers on the hazards of the job and safety measures to use, such as engineering controls and safe work practices, that will protect workers' safety and health.

71-112 General Duty Clause

A. Employers shall maintain a place of employment which is free of recognized hazards which may cause death or serious physical harm to his employees and he shall comply with this regulation and other occupational safety and health rules and regulations promulgated under Chapter 15 of Title 41, Code of Laws, State of South Carolina, 1976, as amended.

B. Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health rules and regulations promulgated under Chapter 15 of Title 41, Code of Laws, State of South Carolina, 1976, as amended; and, all employers’ rules and regulations designed to protect him from recognized hazards for which there is no state occupational safety and health rule or regulation covering such situations.

South Carolina announces Safe + Sound Week 2018

If you are interested in participating in Safe + Sound Week, you may visit the Safe + Sound Week website now to sign up for regular emails. OSHA will let you know as more tools and templates are posted to help plan and promote your Safe + Sound Week events. Two-page briefs on how to implement activities that show your commitment to safety through management leadership, work participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards are available. Once you complete your activities, you can download the participant graphic to use on your website or post at your workplace.

You can also learn more about what makes a successful safety and health program. Visit www.osha.gov/shpcampaign to learn about the key components of a safety and health program, ideas for getting started, and resources to help you along the way.

Show Your Commitment to Safety: Participate in Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19, 2018.

Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to SC OSHA

Federal OSHA electronic reporting requirements are not required for South Carolina employers. Any changes regarding the electronic reporting submission process will be updated on the SC OSHA webpage, http://scosha.llronline.com.

Crane Operator Certification Deadline Extended

OSHA issued a final rule to delay compliance deadline for crane operator certification requirements to November 10, 2018. By delaying the deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year, and by extending the employer duty to ensure crane operators are competent until that same date, the rule avoids disrupting the construction industry and allows OSHA time to complete a related crane standard rulemaking addressing these and other issues. News release: https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/11092017.

More information is available in the Federal Register notice.

SC OSHA will also follow Federal OSHA’s compliance deadline extension.

BLS Releases 2016 State, National Injury/Wellness Rates

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OSHA Announces 30-Day Enforcement Policy for the Silica Standard in Construction

Click here for more information. Read the FAQ here.

Hurricane and Flood Preparedness and Response

OSHA has resources to help employers keep their workers safe when hurricanes and floods strike and during cleanup and recovery operations.

Download SC Hurricane Prep Guide here.

Click here for disaster preparedness information from SCEMD.